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Graduate Certificate in
Sustainability Management and Policy


You can earn the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management and Policy by successfully completing four online courses. If you are subsequently granted admission to the Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (MPS-RESS) degree program, you may apply these 12 credits. Please note that a grade of B- or higher must be received in each certificate course for the credits to count toward the MPS-RESS degree.

The courses offer a balanced view of the various dimensions of sustainability, discussing technological, environmental, economic, societal, and political aspects of sustainable energy solutions. You can prepare to lead sustainability projects in both corporate settings and within government entities by studying such topics as:

  • the evaluation of energy policy challenges and crafting policy alternatives to meet not just economic goals but also environmental and social goals from a global perspective
  • energy resource availability, including current energy markets and forecast scenarios, and the technology processes used for conversion
  • the identification and characterization of leading stakeholders, including energy producers, professional associations, and interest groups for various energy sectors
  • the technical and economic understanding of sustainability technologies and systems, and the assessment of their impacts using social, environmental, and economic metrics
  • the creation of business opportunities for innovations that strategically target true sustainability needs and help to reinvent an organization within the marketplace

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • 3

    This course explores sustainability as a business opportunity for developing innovative products and services. It will focus on consumer needs related to sustainability, willingness to pay for these needs, and the innovative processes necessary to create sustainable solutions.

  • 3

    Provides in-depth exploration of energy policy development, implementation, and assessment at multiple governmental and corporate scales, with emphasis on energy markets.

  • 3

    Industry perspective on the resources, technologies, engineering approaches, and externalities involved in deploying renewable energy businesses profitably and sustainably.

  • 3

    This course examines strategies and applications of sustainable technologies in manufacturing, energy, water, transportation, food, and building systems.

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